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All-On-4 Dental Implants

Whether it’s due to an accident, aging, or dental diseases, there are many reasons why tooth loss can occur. When tooth loss does occur, it can severely impact someone’s quality of life and ability to enjoy certain foods. Fortunately, dental implants can be used to restore functioning of the teeth, improve cosmetic issues, and improve someone’s overall quality of life. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to receive dental implants. This is especially true for those with massive bone density loss. This is why All-On-4 dental implants are a great option for residents of San Antonio and everywhere else in the world who want to enjoy dental implants even with bone density loss.

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What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?

The All-On-4 dental implant technique was created by world-renowned dentist Professor Paulo Malo (who holds a PhD in oral Biology). He and implant manufacturer Nobel Biocare recognized how beneficial 4 implants as opposed to 6 or even 8 implants were for patients. The procedure has been around since 1990, and is now a standard for full-arch teeth replacements.

All-On-4 dental implants are also used in the dental industry as a great alternative to traditional dental implants. The All-On-4 dental implant technique uses four dental screws as opposed to six dental screws in traditional impant surgery. These four screws are where the technique gets its name.

How Does The Procedure Work?

The All-On-4 technique only requires the placement of four dental implants in the front region of the jaw known as the anterior maxilla. This area of the jaw is most commonly known as the “chin,” and has a higher bone density than the rest of the jaw.

Two dental implants are placed perfectly upright, while two others are tiled toward the posterior of the jaw at a 45 degree angle. Afterward, an entire new set of upper or lower teeth can be placed comfortably in the mouth.

Benefits Of All-On-4 Dental Implants

Not only is there less screws used than traditional dental implant methods (which use six screws), but there is also no need for bone grafts to be done before the surgery.

Bone grafts are usually done due to bone density loss in the jaw, which prevents dental implant screws from being placed. Because all screws are only placed in the front of the jaw, this means most people will be able to benefit from All-On-4 implants.

In addition, due to the surgery only requiring four screws, patients can heal faster since this is a more minimally invasive surgery than traditional implants. Patients and dentists can also have more flexible options when it comes to prosethetic teeth replacements and their designs.

Can A San Antonio Dentist Help Me With Dental Implants?

Unlike tradtional dental implants, All-On-4 implants can be used on patients that suffer from bone density loss in the jaw. This includes patients with:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Past trauma in the jaw
  • Developmental deformities
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Past cancers
  • Sinus issues
  • Periodontal disease
 

Only a trained dentist, such as Dr. Mark J. Williamson in San Antonio, TX, will be able to determine if a patient is a good candidate for All-On-4 implants.

Afterward, a trained dental specialist will be able to perform the dental implant surgery successfully after some planning. This includes taking x-rays of the teeth, doing fittings with prosthetic teeth, and using advanced software to get a sense of how the implants will work and if surgery is the best treatment option.

Are All-On-4 Dental Implants Successful?

All-On-4 dental implants have a high rate of success. Around 94% of all dental implants are successful, which means that most people will be able to use their new prosethetic teeth with a durable, solid base provided by All-On-4 implants.

In addition to having a solid base for prosthetic teeth, All-On-4 implants are also incredibly efficient. Since there is no need to wait for bone graft surgery or to wait for bone grafts to take place, these implants can be used to correct cosmetic issues in as little as one day.

What Are Some Risk Factors?

Like all surgeries, All-On-4 dental implant surgery does carry some risks with it. These risks are increased when a dentist is not qualified to carry out cosmetic or surgical procedures as sensitive as dental implant surgery.

Some common risks include:

  • Dental implant failure, which is where the implant doesn’t fuse into the jaw (only occurs in about 5% of patients)
  • Infections at the site of surgery, which can usually be prevented through proper hygiene during and after surgery
  • Cosmetic issues where the prosthetic teeth are misaligned
  • Anxiety in a patient, which is common during dental surgeries and visits

Fortunately, with the help of a caring and trained dentist such as Dr. Mark J. Williamson, these risk factors can be reduced if not eliminated altogether. Dr. Mark J. Williamson is trained in the All-On-4 dental implant technique. He will make sure that the entire process, from tooth extraction, to bone grafting (if necessary), dental implatn surgery, and follow-up care are completed with the highest quality and care in San Antonio, TX!

Get Help From Our San Antonio Dentist Today

If you’ve been told you cannot have dental implants due to bone loss, you might still be able to recieve All-On-4 dental implant surgery. Dr. Mark J. Williamson is here to help San Antonio residents explore their treatment options and help them improve their quality of life through All-On-4 dental implants. Call us to set up an appointment today and see if this surgery is right for you.